In this installment of Off the Cuff with Peter Travers from the Sundance Film Festival, Rolling Stone‘s movie critic catches up with actor Jason Segel, who makes his first visit to the Utah fest since 1997, when a 17-year-old Segel was promoting SLC Punk. “I remember [Sundance] being a little more quaint than this. It’s turned into a real kerfuffle,” Segel says. Travers adds, “There’s something about Sundance. It’s an audience like no other. They’ll wait in the snow for two hours to see a movie they’ve never heard of because, these movies, some of them don’t have distribution yet.”
While many of the films screening at Sundance hope to leave Park City, Utah with a distribution deal, Segel’s work at the festival is already done as The End of the Tour, the David Foster Wallace film starring Segel as the Infinite Jest author, has already secured a distributor. Travers and the actor discuss the film, which has earned rave reviews out of Sundance.
“Specifically, what [The End of the Tour] is about is the last four days of the Infinite Jest book tour. David Lipsky, for Rolling Stone, decided he wanted to do a profile on this man, David Foster Wallace, who had just written a book, Infinite Jest, that was called ‘the book of a generation,'” Segel says. “The interviews ended up not getting published, but [Lipsky] published the book after Wallace passed away.”
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Segel also shares how he and Jesse Eisenberg, who portrays Lipsky in the film, formed the intimate bond that translates on the screen, as well as Segel’s newfound love of hiking.
Check out our Sundance page for complete coverage of the 2015 festival.